The Best Indoor Games to Play with Kids


Playing games is not only meant for fun. It’s a stress-buster! Games are activities intended to keep our minds refreshed and healthy. Research shows that indoor games are essential to children’s development. That is why your kids should not spend all their time on social media.

When children are tired of reading for long, their only rescue is games. They become restless, and soon they start fidgeting on the couch. And that’s when the clock begins ticking slower than the average speed. The only thing they can think of is huddling in either indoor or outdoor games.

It’s their summer holidays, and you can’t deny your children from playing.

So, what’s the solution? Indoor games!

You know, most kids think that indoor games are only smartphones or video games. That’s the opposite. You can teach them helpful kids’ games that you played in your days.

List of Modern & Traditional Indoor Games

Name of Indoor GameRequirementsNumber of Players
Pitching PenniesPlastic drinking cups or a large-sized paper  CoinsNo limit on players
ScrabbleComplete scrabble setMore than 1
Indoor BowlingFlat surface Tennis ball 10 empty bottles Plastic tape2 at a time or teams of 2 each
PictionaryMarker/pencil BoardMore than 1
Follow the LeaderList of activities Ample spaceMore than 1
Hide and SeekAmple Hiding spaceMore than 1
Treasure HuntTreasure to hide PrizeMore than 1
Hot PotatoPotato Ample sitting spaceMore than 1
BubblesSoap solution Water Bottle Bubble formerMore than 1
PuzzlesDiverse puzzlesMore than 1
List of Indoor Games to play with kids

1. Pitching Pennies

Pitching pennies involves tossing coins across the room in a hole that’s curved near the seat or a wooden bench. The game is essential in the development of your child’s hand-eye coordination.

The requirements include Plastic drinking cups or a large-sized paper and coins.  

Every competitor begins with an equal number of coins. They all pitch their coins from a mark at a specific distance towards the direction of the hole on the ground. All the competitors are then ranked depending on how close they are to the hole. The one closest to the hole gets all the coins then proceeds to the next mark near the vent. Repeat the process until there are no coins left.

Always remember, the kid should always win more times.

2. Scrabble

ScrabbleEven with the new word indoor game available, Scrabble still takes the lead. It’s one of the top indoor games for youth group that reduces stress after marathon studies. Two to four players score through placing tiles, each with a letter on a game board.

The board is divided into 15×15 square grids. The tiles should create words in crossword form, and you must be able to read them from left to right side in a row or from up to down in columns. The words should appear in the dictionary.

Scrabble improves competitiveness, confidence, communication, and fosters repertoire among family members. It’s a great way by which you can advance your grammar.

3. Indoor Bowling

With an indoor bowling game, you should create a bowling alley within your house then start the fun with your kids. It’s a good game for hand-eye coordination for children. The requirements include flat floor space, ten empty bottles, non-toxic spray paint, a tape, and a tennis or plastic ball.

Using the tape, generate a bowling line, then peel off the wrappers on the bottles and the cans, then paint them. Let them dry for a while, then arrange all the bottles at the far end of the lane. You can as well stack the cylinders on top of each other to create a pyramid.

Ask your child to strike the pyramid using the ball.

4. Pictionary

Pictionary is a charades-inspired fun and word-guessing indoor game that was invented and published in 1985 by Garry Everson. This game requires one player to make an image drawing showing the word where a different player can guess correctly.

You only need a marker or pencil and a board.

To play Pictionary, you’ll have to jot down different words on the board then drop them inside the bowl. Request your kid to pick the pieces and draw them on a board without notification on what it is then your kid can guess.

5. Follow the Leader

If you have several children at home, this game can be great fun. It’s one of the best ways to make your kids imitate what you’re doing.

Follow the leader is an indoor game for kids where the head of the line is selected, then the kids line up behind this leader. You can choose to be the leader or let your kid lead the activities.

The leader will then move, and the children will have to mimic his actions. Anyone who fails to follow what the leader is doing will be kicked out of the game for not following the instructions.

The requirements include space and a list of activities.

6. Hide and Seek

There’s no indoor games list that can be complete without fixing the Hide and Seek game. Now in this classic play, one person (“It”) hides his or her face then begins to count aloud while others disappear.

Immediately the counting is over, he or she begins to search for the hiders. The first person to be found will be the next, “It.”

Note: this game is generally a source of giggle fits. If you have older children, sometimes they may take things a notch higher and play the game in the dark. To be safe, ensure there aren’t loose pieces of stuff within the floor. In such a scenario, you can play the game with your kids using a torch.

7. Treasure Hunt

Children love searching for hidden pieces of stuff— especially when they know that a prize is coming at the end. Just write some clues on slips of papers. Remember to be a bit creative.

Position the first clue in a hidden place that’s easy to find then leave many clues around your home, leading a trail to the last clue. Rather than giving a prize, the treasure hunt may lead to several coins all over the house. Through this, your kids will collect all the coins and store them in their fatty banks.

Sounds enjoyable? Give it a shot.

8. Hot Potato

This indoor game will leave everyone giggling. Request your kids to sit down, then turn on some music and ask them to pass on the potato around as fast as possible. Immediately the tune stops, the kid holding the potato will be forced to leave the circle.

Keep doing that until one person is left. He or she becomes the winner.

9. Bubbles

There’s no need to go outside the house to enjoy the bubbles. With this kids’ indoor game, you only require a straw and a plate for each player and some soap and water. Place some drops of dish soap on each plate. Pour some water on the plate then mix with the dish soap.

Immediately suds start forming, allow your kids to place a straw in the suds, then advise them to blow them gently.

Sit and watch as big bubbles begin to form. To make the game more interesting, check who blows the largest and long-lasting bubble.

10. Puzzles

You can exercise cognitive, creative, and problem-solving skills with a perfect puzzle. Allow your children to draw some pictures on a Bristol board or cardboard. Using a pencil, outline the pieces of puzzle directly on their drawings. Cut out the pieces with a razor blade then mix them up.

If you have younger kids, you can expose them to 3D puzzle toys. Word puzzles are great for kids to improve their vocabulary.

Remember that when kids are playing outside, their chances of getting injured are high. Be it vehicular or whatnot. Besides, indoor games with kids’ make you stay assured that no bikes or cars that can run over them while playing.

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